Intro To: Good Solo Games

Solo Games

Last week, we introduced you to some mouth-watering food games – Who says you can’t play with your food? This week, we’re going in a different direction and recommending some good solo games! Read on to explore some great games that you can play by yourself (or with friends):

The Game is  a cooperative game for 1 to 5 players that can be played in 20 minutes. Your goal is to discard all 98 cards, and each player starts with a hand of 6 to 8 cards. On your turn, you must discard at least 2 cards onto 1 or more discard piles. Of the 4 discard piles on the table, 2 count up from 1, and 2 count down from 100. At the end of each round, you draw back up to your starting hand size. As a multi-player game, it’s all about guessing which cards your friends are waiting to play. As a single-player game, it’s basically solitaire, which let’s face it, is the grandfather of the single-player genre, and still a classic. If you’re looking for a simple game to pass some time, give this one a shot!

Valeria: Card Kingdoms is a competitive game for 1 to 5 players that can be played in 30 to 45 minutes. In this tableau-building game, reminiscent of many deck-building games, slay monsters, recruit citizens, and buy domians! Play cards to give yourself more ways to use your dice results, increase your synergies, and ultimately earn as many victory points as possible! This fantasy-themed card game used tons of full-art cards. If you’re looking for a pleasing-deck builder with great visual elements, give this game a play!

Dungens & Dragons: Castle Ravenloft is a cooperative game for 1 to 5 players that can be played in 60 minutes. In this tile-flipping dungeon crawl, you take on the role of an adventurer in the nightmarish Castle Ravenloft. Play with multiple character classes and scenarios, level up your character, and collect the equipment that you will need to succeed in your quest! This game takes a classic Dungeons & Dragons adventure and boils it down to a streamlined dungeon crawl. If you’re looking for an immersive game that you can play for hours on end, this is the game to settle in with.

Hostage Negotiator is the only strictly single player game on this list, and can be played in 20 minutes. In this card-based game, you are a law enforcement agent, and your goal is to negotiate the release of several hostages taken by a, unscrupulous figure with a set of demands. Each turn represents part of a conversation, and your cards and dice results determine your options. There are multiple paths to victory. Finding the best one and saving as many hostages as possible is up to you. If you’re looking for a game truly tailored for a single-player experience, this is the game you’re looking for.

Next time you visit us at The Round Table for some solo-play check out some of these great solo games! Or, if you’re looking for some awesome games to join in on, check out our massive role playing community or our friendly Magic the Gathering community!